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Identifying, Assessing and Treating Self-Harm & Suicidality 

in Teens During Covid


Self-Harm and Suicide continue to be challenges facing our youth. In today’s world those working with young people simply must have an understanding of these problems. Beyond simply understanding the issues, those in the helping professions must offer these youth guidance on the path to health.

Statistics show that Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) is on the rise worldwide. Further, advances in understanding self-harm behavior have led us to conceptualize it differently from suicide. Non-suicidal self-injury was included in DSM-5 as a condition for further study. This has framed NSSI as a condition with distinct assessment and intervention strategies. Recent advances in brain science have contributed new insights to the conceptualization and treatment of NSSI.

Similarly, suicide remains a leading cause of death in youth worldwide. While self-harm and suicide are distinct problems, there are similarities and links between these issues. Current research has shed additional light on the connections between these serious problems. 

Date: Summer 2021

Time: 9AM-4PM (Program)

Credits: 6 CEUs (NYS Social Workers – LMSW/LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs)

(Professional Development only for NYS Psychologists and Guidance Counselors)

Location: Live Webinar

Instructor: Tony L. Sheppard, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA

Cost: tbd

(*CSLI Discount Vouchers cannot be combined with discounted rates*)



1.Employ clinical screening and assessment tools to help you determine which clients present the highest risk for suicide considering their use via telehealth.

2.Apply motivational techniques that engage resistant suicidal and self-harming teens in the therapeutic process.

3.Develop strategies for incorporating schools and peer groups into your treatment plans for suicidal and self-harming clients, and communicate how this multi-systemic approach can improve treatment outcomes.

4.Articulate how alternative coping strategies can be introduced in-session to help self-injuring clients manage triggering situations without engaging in self-harm.

5.Communicate how clinicians can foster support among family members with techniques that promote problem solving and communication, and help young people feel in control and part of the therapeutic process. Consider the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on this process.

6.Utilize therapeutic interventions from Dialectical Behavior Therapy to improve your client’s coping skills and interpersonal effectiveness.


Tony L. Sheppard, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA, specializes in treating young people suffering from psychiatric issues including self-harm and suicide. A licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist, Tony brings over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults to his clinical practice. In addition to his private practice, Groupworks, he has trained hundreds of clinicians, educators, nurses, and physicians across the country in the treatment of self-harm and suicide, and is the author of a training curriculum in group psychotherapy.

Tony’s clinical approach draws from interpersonal neurobiology, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and positive psychology. His creative and interactive delivery style will draw you into the dire nature of youth suicide and self-harm and have you leaving feeling confident and prepared to handle this most important work.

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